It seems like with my dogs, the first chase of the day is always the worst. They are cranked up and over-compete. They aren't as patient as they should be. I can't help but wonder though, why is the first chase always the worst chase?
Just once it would be nice if dogs started the day like they finish; if they would begin settled in and work as a pack. Some are always going to compete for the front, but after they settle in a little it usually isn't a problem. On the first race though, it seems like they have to start with a herky-jerky, checking race. Then each race gets a little better for the first hour until they are pounding.
The question of the day:
To have the energy to run for several hours and reach out hunting into the depths of cover in tough, hilly, clearcuts, do dogs have to start with a little extra fire?
Today I ran Butcher, Dennis, Chip, Tony, Village Girl, Silly, and Gypsy. It was 33° with a little rain, some freezing and some not, throughout the day.